Having been a member for only a little under a year, I am still obviously still a rookie here. I have been more and more browsing through the voluminous lifelists to bone up on my fish IDs for places I plan to visit.
I am seeing an awful lot of apparently misidentifed fish. Many are called out by members, but many have not been. Of course, many species can't be ID'd for sure from a photo, especially if the pic is not so great. But some of the photos are fantastic (but still mis-ID'd).
Here and there I have commented on some photos, some of which are pretty old. So I wonder why nobody else commented on them? I also notice that a lot of people don't repair the species names after obvious correction from others.
So, what's your feeling on the ettiquette here? Are you hesitant (like I suddenly am) to correct because you don't want to come across as a know-it-all killjoy? Or are the old timers on this site tired of trying to help people who don't listen?
Personally, I think it's a great service to have people comment on IDs. As you all know, fish taxonomy is really challenging - I certainly want to hear from anyone who thinks I goofed up any of my fish.
Beyond that, one of the great services this website provides is as an aid to fish identification. This benefit is certainly muddied if too many mis-ID'd fish are sprinkled in.
I was just about to go on a 'rant' about apparently misidentified snappers (for example, I believe half the Dog Snappers on the site are Mangrove Snappers, the one Black Snapper is a Mangrove, and isn't the one Cubera Snapper a Dog???).
What are your thoughts?